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Alpaca Designer Fashions debuts at Inga Pachukes

It's not every day that a local company unveils a new clothing line here in Sandy. It's even more rare that the clothing is made of alpaca fleece.

But such a unique occasion will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, at Inga Pachukes, 38905 Proctor Blvd., as Cedar Springs Alpacas unveils its new Alpaca Designer Fashions line at the gifts and art shop.

Inga Pachukes owner Sandy Jordan has agreed to sell the hats, gloves, mittens, slippers, teddy bears, accessories and yarns that comes from Cedar Springs co-owner Sandi Poutala's beloved alpacas.

Alpaca fleece is a natural fiber that's lustrous and silky, not like sheep's wool, which is often described as itchy. The soft fleece is hypoallergenic, and its composition makes it easy to spin into yarn.

'The fiber is harvested once a year and can be sold as raw fleece or spun, woven, knitted or crocheted into high-quality garments, accessories and home furnishings,' reads a release from Cedar Springs. 'There are as many ways to use the fiber as your mind can imagine.'

The public is invited to try on the 'baby-soft' alpaca garments, which include sweaters, vests, scarves and much more in a variety of colors.

During the Inga Pachukes kickoff event, Poutala will demonstrate the preparation of raw fleece from fiber to fashion. There will be prize drawings and refreshments offered.

For more information, call Inga Pachukes at 503-668-0005 or contact Cedar Springs by calling 503-668-6911 or visiting www.cedarspringsalpacas.com.